Top three reads in this week’s Harvey-Waroona Reporter

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In this week’s Harvey-Waroona Reporter, Homestead for Youth in Meelon, about 18km north of Waroona, has been using unique therapies for youngsters since 2014 in an effort to bolster mental wellbeing, the closure of popular tourist site Harvey Dam to recreational vehicles has left enthusiasts worried about which of their favourite spots will be next and Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett has once again secured his top spot after two years at the helm with Waroona on the brink of a leadership shake-up.

Saddling up for youth -

Homestead for Youth in Meelon, about 18km north of Waroona, has been using the unique therapies for youngsters since 2014 in an effort to bolster mental wellbeing and address rates of suicide among young people.

Among the measures rolled out as part of the program is an animal therapy course which uses sheep, rabbits and other animals to help children struggling with issues such as anxiety and depression.

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Poor behaviour has dam shut to 4WDs -

Popular tourist site Harvey Dam is now closed to recreational vehicles
Camera IconPopular tourist site Harvey Dam is now closed to recreational vehicles

The dust has settled on Harvey’s four-wheel-driving scene after the closure of popular tourist site Harvey Dam to recreational vehicles, leaving enthusiasts worried about which of their favourite spots will be next.

Drivers visiting the area have faced scrutiny from dam manager Water Corporation after hooning, illegal fires and violence started to occur regularly at the site.

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Leadership shake-up -

Shire of Harvey president Paul Gillett and deputy president Michelle Campbell
Camera IconShire of Harvey president Paul Gillett and deputy president Michelle Campbell

After two years as Shire president Paul Gillett has once again secured his spot at the head of the table, with re-elected councillor Michelle Campbell taking on the role of deputy president.

Cr Gillett was re-elected unopposed at a special council meeting last Monday after Harvey’s six successful election candidates were sworn in to their roles.

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Picture: Luke McPherson
Camera IconPicture: Luke McPherson Credit: Luke McPherson

Waroona could be on the brink of a leadership shake-up ahead of an ordinary council meeting on Tuesday night, Shire of Waroona councillors will vote to appoint a new chief executive, president and deputy.

Shire president Mike Walmsley said he remained confident he would stay on as president when the council had finished voting.

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